TEMECULA—The Annual Opening Schools Mass was held at St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Temecula on Aug. 16 with Bishop Gerald Barnes serving as the principal celebrant.
In addition to marking the beginning of the academic year for Catholic schools in the Diocese, the Opening Schools Mass also serves as an occasion to honor long serving Catholic school employees. Those who have served 25 years or longer receive a commemorative pin. This year’s honorees were:
Margaret Acosta, St. Catherine of Alexandria School – 38 years
Rhonda Schmechel, St. Francis de Sales School – 33 years
Carol Lafond, St. Francis de Sales School – 30 years
Linda Camping, St. Hyacinth Academy – 25 years
Waylynn Senn, St. Margaret Mary School – 25 years
Jeanette Morrow, St. Thomas the Apostle School – 25 years